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On a Vietnam bike tour that spans the country, North to South, discover breathtaking scenery, unique cultural events, and an ancient civilization adapting to modern life.
Former tour name: Journey Through Vietnam

  • Duration: 13 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 6 - 37|
  • Biking: 1 - 4 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
4.8 out of 5 stars.
Activity Easy
Easy
Bike
Bike Included
Airplane
Air Package Available
People
Guided Group Tour

Starting From

Bike Vacation + Air Package

$4,745

Bike Vacation Only

$3,895

(per person, double occupancy)

Vietnam: Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An & Saigon

Vietnam was made for bicycling! On a unique itinerary that spans the country from Hanoi to Saigon, you’ll roll past villages, palm forests, and rice paddies, and cruise the Perfume River. Hear your footsteps clatter through an imperial palace. Ride a cyclo (rickshaw) through Hanoi’s Old Quarter. View fish farms and local markets. Enjoy a cooking class. Meet a wartime foe who is now a friend of VBT. And more! Join us on a Vietnam bike tour that transports you into the heart of an ancient civilization adapting to the modern world.

What to Expect

This tour offers easy terrain throughout the trip and is suitable for beginning cyclists and ideal for regular recreational cyclists. Roads are carefully selected but in general are not of the same standard as in Europe or the U.S. Road surfaces can be a mix of pavement and packed soil. Potholes are not uncommon, and defined lanes are not a given. A mix of vehicles, animals, and pop-up enterprises can be found along urban roadways.

  • Duration: 13 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 6 - 37|
  • Biking: 1 - 4 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
Activity Easy Easy
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Cyclists
Bus Vehicle
Support

Tour Highlights

  • Ride a cyclo (rickshaw) through Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter.
  • Explore Hanoi on a walking tour featuring the One Pillar Pagoda, one of Vietnam’s iconic temples.
  • Experience a uniquely Vietnamese cultural event: a water puppet show.
  • Gain insights into Vietnam’s dynastic history on a guided tour of the Imperial Citadel.
  • View Emperor Khai Dinh’s tomb—just one of the historic sites you’ll visit by bicycle.
  • Board a dragon boat for a luncheon cruise along the Perfume River.
  • Enter everyday life as you cycle alongside schoolchildren and visit a local village and market.
  • Cycle between pristine coast and towering mountains on one of the country’s most spectacular landscapes.
  • Spin past fish farms and through a water-coconut palm forest, and meet local artisans.
  • Discover Hoi An’s past as a historic trading center on a guided walking tour.
  • Accompany a chef to a local market and learn secrets of Vietnamese cuisine.
  • Venture to a local culinary school for a hands-on cooking class and tour of the herb garden.
  • Delight in a scenic roll along the Mekong Delta, past orchards and rice paddies.
  • Meet a local Vietcong, then enter a one-time Vietcong stronghold: the notorious Cu Chi tunnels.

Climate Information

Temperatures

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Jan66º/58º

Feb67º/60º

Mar72º/65º

Oct82º/73º

Nov76º/66º

Dec71º/60º

Average
Precipitation:

Jan0.7 in

Feb1.1 in

Mar1.5 in

Oct3.9 in

Nov1.7 in

Dec0.8 in

What's Included

Bike Vacation + Air Package

Bike Vacation Only

Roundtrip international airfare Check
Transfers to and from international airport Check
One night in Hanoi in a conveniently located hotel with breakfasts included and 2 nights in flight Check
10 nights in boutique hotels Check Check
23 meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners Check Check

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Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT Bike and Helmet

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Mon, Jan 6 to Sat, Jan 18 - 2020

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Depart from home and travel to Vietnam. The particulars of your arrival are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Upon arrival in Hanoi, claim your luggage and clear customs. Your VBT representative will be holding a VBT sign and will help you transfer to your Hanoi hotel. If you have any problem locating the representative, please go to the Information Counter in the Arrivals Hall and call our representative’s hotline number, 0-913-237-040.

Please note: Unless you have been significantly delayed, your transfer has been pre-arranged by VBT and does not require direct payment. Please confirm with the driver that this transfer has been pre-paid. If the driver requests funds from you, this is not your scheduled transfer, and you should not take it. If you have been delayed by 12 hours or more, your transfer should still be pre-arranged, but you may be asked to pay. In this instance, please keep your receipt.

VBT provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do during your stay.

Hotel: Melia Hanoi Hotel

Your morning is free to do as you please.
At 2:00 p.m., all guests meet in the lobby, where you will pick up the pace with a cyclo (rickshaw) ride through the Old Quarter. The shops in the Old Quarter sell everything from therapeutic herbs and prayer flags to shoes and hardware, as you’ll see.
Later, return to your hotel to meet with your VBT Trip Leaders, who provide a briefing of the week ahead. Enjoy a welcome reception, and dine with the group at the hotel.

Hotel: Melia Hanoi Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Sleep in today or join an early-morning walk to Hoan Kiem Lake to experience the city as it shakes off its slumber. You may see locals practicing tai chi by the lake, families out for a stroll, and street vendors setting out their wares. Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Later this morning, rejoin your Trip Leaders for a guided excursion that includes visits to the exterior of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature. Visit the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, Tran Quoc Pagoda, located on an island east of the West Lake District. After lunch at a local restaurant, you return to the hotel for a rest or a swim.

In the late afternoon, depart the hotel by shuttle for the short trip to a small theater, where you watch a mesmerizing water puppet performance. Afterward, you’ll dine at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Melia Hanoi Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Non-Biking Day: Explore Hanoi

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue. From 1802 to 1945, this was Vietnam’s Imperial City; it boasts a vast citadel and the tombs of its emperors. On arrival in Hue, transfer to the Imperial Citadel, situated along the Perfume River. Your walking tour here takes you inside this walled fortress: within the citadel, just past Hien Nhan Gate, lie the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City. You’ll enjoy a walking tour of this massive enclosure.

After you check into your Hue hotel, enjoy lunch on your own in the resort’s fine restaurant or a light lunch by the pool. At 2:30 p.m., attend a safety and bike-fitting session with your Trip Leaders. Then, participate in a warm-up ride that includes a visit to the Mausoleum of Khai Dinh. At dinner, feast on local specialties in the hotel’s dining room.

Please note: In order to operate this trip, VBT keeps two fleets of bikes in the country, one in central Vietnam and another in southern Vietnam. Your Trip Leaders will ensure that both bikes are tuned to your liking.

Hotel: Pilgrimage Village Hue
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 20 km (12 miles)

Afternoon
Hue Warm-Up: 20 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: Hue is an ideal place to ride, with quiet roads and beautiful countryside. Starting from the resort, you’ll pedal through rolling hills to the nearby Emperor Khai Dinh’s tomb, arguably the most spectacular of all the Nguyen Dynasty emperors. You will have a chance to enter this tomb and to pass by many other tombs throughout the ride today. The roads are mainly paved, but there may be some stretches of unpaved road. This ride is designed to help you adjust to cycling on Vietnamese roads. Please note that a rain jacket may be required during the wet season.

This morning, shuttle from the hotel to your ride’s starting point, then cycle along the banks of the Perfume River, where you may see dragon boats, sampans, and traditional houseboats with their rooftop shrines. You pedal on quiet country roads through villages to Thien Mu Pagoda.

Enjoy an included lunch while cruising along the Perfume River (30-45 minutes), then continue cycling southeast of the city, through rice fields and past duck and fish farms. In the village of Cau Ngoi Thanh Toan, look for a small covered bridge. Built over two centuries ago, it has weathered many storms, floods, and wars, and it has been the soul of the Thanh Toan villagers for generations. While in the village, stop at the market for a truly authentic local experience.

You’ll return by bike to the resort in plenty of time to enjoy a luxurious treatment, a swim in the spectacular pool, or a nap before dinner.

Tonight, you get another view of the city’s splendid past. Your dinner venue is a garden restaurant comprising five authentic 19th- and early-20th-century Hue houses.

Hotel: Pilgrimage Village Hue
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 22-62 km (14-39 miles)

Morning
Hue to Thien Mu Pagoda: 22 km (14 miles)
Hue to Thien Mu Pagoda and return to Hue: 40 km (25 miles)

What to Expect: This morning’s ride follows back roads in the countryside close to the Perfume River, viewing farming villages with vegetable gardens and rice paddies. As you head toward the center of Hue, traffic will become busier. The most impressive site you’ll pass is Thien Mu pagoda, where you will finish the ride and embark your Perfume River cruise.

This afternoon, you will cycle farther away from the city center, past fish and duck farms. Ride across the old Japanese bridge, dating back several centuries, before passing by a small war memorial. You’ll know you’re in the home stretch when you glimpse the Nhu Y River. This route is mainly on paved roads.

The coastline between Hue and Hoi An is one of the most spectacular stretches of landscape in the country. It is here that the mountain range running through central Vietnam reaches down toward the South China Sea, affording stunning views of pristine coast on one side and towering mountains on the other. The Lang Co peninsula and the nearby Hai Van (Ocean Cloud) Pass form a natural border between the city of Da Nang and Thua Thien Hue province. If the weather allows, excellent views can be taken in from the top of the pass all the way to Hoi An.

Starting from the outskirts of Hue, pedal through local communities where you see small children being driven to school on the backs of motorbikes and older children cycling along next to you.

Pause for lunch in the village of Lang Co. Then, transfer up the Hai Van Pass (Pass of the Ocean Clouds), stopping at the top to take photos of the breathtaking views of both sides of the 1,600-foot mountain ridge. Those who like a challenge may choose to climb the pass by bike. Those who prefer more leisurely riding may cycle along Tam Giang Lagoon for a close-up look at an oyster-fishing community and the water buffalo common to the area before shuttling to the top of Hai Van Pass instead.

Arrive in Hoi An by van and check into your hotel on Hoi An Beach. Dinner is at your resort this evening.

Hotel: Boutique Hoi An Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 33-80 km (20-49 miles)

Morning
Hue to Hoi An: 33 km (20 miles)

Afternoon
Hai Van Pass: 47 km (29 miles)
OR
Lagoon Loop Ride: 47.2 km (29 miles)

What to Expect: The base ride starts from the outskirts of Hue and pedals through local communities. The route will have some undulating hills and will cross a series of bridges covering small rivers flowing down from the mountains before finishing near Tam Giang lagoon.

Those who like a challenge may climb the Hai Van pass (Pass of the Ocean Clouds) by bike on this afternoon’s option.

For those who prefer a more leisurely ride, try the L?p An lagoon ride, where you’ll see picturesque scenery with white clouds floating on high mountain ranges and oyster farms lining the route. Enjoy lots of opportunities to stop for a spectacular photo along the way.

This morning’s cycling route crosses the Thu Bon River, passing many fishing boats and small houses. As you bike, stop to observe family temples and Areca-nut gardens. You continue cycling through a water-coconut palm forest and past fish farms, mat weavers, and any number of examples of local livelihood. You’ll stop at a shady and scenic point along the way to enjoy a picnic lunch.

There is a second ride option in the countryside after lunch, or you may shuttle back to the seaside resort for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Later, take part in a walking tour of Hoi An’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. What makes Hoi An remarkable today is that its Old Town has been beautifully preserved, the streets still lined with old tile-roofed shop houses, shady pagodas, and colorful communal halls. Discover the local market, Tan Ky House, Japanese Bridge, and a Chinese temple.

Tonight, you are free to enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many open-air restaurants on Bach Dang, the waterfront road in Hoi An.

Hotel: Boutique Hoi An Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 31-78 km (18-46 miles)

Morning
Hoi An to the Coast: 31 km (18 miles)

Afternoon
Hoi An Countryside: 47 km (28 miles)

What to Expect: Hoi An is surrounded by attractive countryside where you can observe the traditional way of life of farmers and fishermen. This morning’s ride winds its way through small rural villages alongside the Thu Bon River before reaching the coast. You’ll return inland, through rice paddies and farming villages before returning to your resort.

In the afternoon, if you wish, you can continue to explore the picturesque Hoi An countryside, where you will be able to observe daily life, fishing villages and Cam Thanh Coconut Village.

Board your bike and head into Hoi An, where you’ll meet up with the chef at Hai Café for a brief introduction and a welcome drink. Then, meander through Hoi An’s central market with your chef to enjoy the sights, sounds, and aromas. This is your chance to learn how to select fresh produce and ingredients essential for Vietnamese cuisine. Embark on a 20-minute boat trip to the school. Get your camera ready, as the cruise offers glimpses of local river life. You visit the school’s herb garden before enjoying a join-in, hands-on cooking class. Then, sit down in the lovely restaurant overlooking the river to enjoy what you have created.

Hotel: Boutique Hoi An Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 10 km (6 miles)

Morning
Red Bridge Cooking School: 10 km (6 miles)

What to Expect: From your beachside resort, enjoy a leisurely morning spin past farm fields and over waterways. The final stretch is along the Thu Bon River and leads you to Hoi An’s Old Town, where your cooking class experience begins.

Enjoy breakfast and a leisurely start to the day at your resort. In the late morning, transfer to Da Nang and the airport for your flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Upon arrival, transfer to the centrally located Hotel Majestic, a comfortable home base for exploring Vietnam’s liveliest city. The rest of the day and evening are yours to explore at your leisure.

Hotel: Hotel Majestic
Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choice:
Non-Biking Day: Fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and explore this lively city.

This morning, shuttle (about one hour) to the town of Tan An in the Mekong Delta area. Then, start cycling through the lush land, rich with orange, papaya, grapefruit, and mango trees. As you ride, note motorists resourcefully transporting pigs and coconuts on their mopeds. Your ride today ends when you stop for lunch in My Tho City.

In the afternoon, transfer back to Saigon (about two hours). Try another of the city’s wonderful restaurants on your own tonight.

Hotel: Hotel Majestic
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 38 km (23 miles)

Morning
Mekong Delta: 38 km (23 miles)

What to Expect: This scenic ride will take you through local villages, rice farms, and fruit orchards on a mixture of small dirt roads and busier paved roads as you draw closer to Highway 1. You will also be greeted by many friendly and curious locals en route, often traveling on bikes themselves and shouting “Xin chao,” or “Hello,” as they pass by.

After breakfast, shuttle (about one hour) north of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi, the site of the infamous military tunnels. You arrive by bicycle and talk with a local Vietcong before visiting the passageways themselves. The Cu Chi tunnels are a 75-mile-long underground maze where the Vietcong quite literally dug themselves out of harm’s way. You will also explore a rice-paper workshop before getting down and dirty in the tunnels.

After your visit, you continue to cycle to Ben Duoc for an included lunch, after which the van waits to shuttle you back to the hotel.

This evening, visit the former home of a U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam and meet the current owners during a special farewell dinner.

Hotel: Hotel Majestic
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 32 km (19 miles)

Morning
Cu Chi to Ben Duoc: 32 km (19 miles)

What to Expect: The Cu Chi landscape is famous for its clay-like soil, rubber plantations, and rice paddies. Your ride will take you away from the main roads and into the quieter agricultural regions.

Enjoy a last breakfast overlooking the river this morning. Today is a free, unstructured day with time for last-minute shopping, a spa visit, or more exploring (depending on the timing of your flights home). Your Trip Leaders are available to assist you with plans, and a hospitality room has been organized for those with later flights to have a place to wash and change.

VBT Air Package guests: Your day is at your leisure. Meet in the hotel lobby three hours prior to your flight departure (subject to change, depending on your required check-in time at the airport) for transfer (about 30 minutes) to the Ho Chi Minh City airport for your flight home. Flights may depart in the morning or late evening, and typically arrive in the U.S. the following day.

VBT Post-Trip Extension guests: Meet in the hotel lobby three hours prior to your flight departure (subject to change, depending on your required check-in time at the airport) for your transfer (about 30 minutes) to the Ho Chi Minh City airport. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, claim your luggage and clear customs. Then, meet your VBT representative, who will be holding a VBT sign. They will help you transfer (about 20 minutes) to your Siem Reap hotel. VBT provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do during your stay.

Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Hotel: Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Resort
Meals: Breakfast

Wed, Jan 8 to Sat, Jan 18 - 2020

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Please plan to arrive at your Hanoi hotel by 2:00 p.m. If you are unable to arrive before 2:00 p.m., please contact VBT during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) at 800-245-3868 to inform us of your arrival time, or contact the hotel on the day the tour begins to let them know when you will arrive. The hotel will pass the message on to your Trip Leaders.

At 2:00 p.m., all guests meet in the lobby, where you will pick up the pace with a cyclo (rickshaw) ride through the Old Quarter. The shops in the Old Quarter sell everything from therapeutic herbs and prayer flags to shoes and hardware, as you’ll see.
Later, return to your hotel to meet with your VBT Trip Leaders, who provide a briefing of the week ahead. Enjoy a welcome reception, and dine with the group at the hotel.

Hotel: Melia Hanoi Hotel
Meals:Dinner

Sleep in today or join an early-morning walk to Hoan Kiem Lake to experience the city as it shakes off its slumber. You may see locals practicing tai chi by the lake, families out for a stroll, and street vendors setting out their wares. Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Later this morning, rejoin your Trip Leaders for a guided excursion that includes visits to the exterior of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature. Visit the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, Tran Quoc Pagoda, located on an island east of the West Lake District. After lunch at a local restaurant, you return to the hotel for a rest or a swim.

In the late afternoon, depart the hotel by shuttle for the short trip to a small theater, where you watch a mesmerizing water puppet performance. Afterward, you’ll dine at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Melia Hanoi Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Non-Biking Day: Explore Hanoi

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue. From 1802 to 1945, this was Vietnam’s Imperial City; it boasts a vast citadel and the tombs of its emperors. On arrival in Hue, transfer to the Imperial Citadel, situated along the Perfume River. Your walking tour here takes you inside this walled fortress: within the citadel, just past Hien Nhan Gate, lie the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City. You’ll enjoy a walking tour of this massive enclosure.

After you check into your Hue hotel, enjoy lunch on your own in the resort’s fine restaurant or a light lunch by the pool. At 2:30 p.m., attend a safety and bike-fitting session with your Trip Leaders. Then, participate in a warm-up ride that includes a visit to the Mausoleum of Khai Dinh. At dinner, feast on local specialties in the hotel’s dining room.

Please note: In order to operate this trip, VBT keeps two fleets of bikes in the country, one in central Vietnam and another in southern Vietnam. Your Trip Leaders will ensure that both bikes are tuned to your liking.

Hotel: Pilgrimage Village Hue
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 20 km (12 miles)

Afternoon
Hue Warm-Up: 20 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: Hue is an ideal place to ride, with quiet roads and beautiful countryside. Starting from the resort, you’ll pedal through rolling hills to the nearby Emperor Khai Dinh’s tomb, arguably the most spectacular of all the Nguyen Dynasty emperors. You will have a chance to enter this tomb and to pass by many other tombs throughout the ride today. The roads are mainly paved, but there may be some stretches of unpaved road. This ride is designed to help you adjust to cycling on Vietnamese roads. Please note that a rain jacket may be required during the wet season.

This morning, shuttle from the hotel to your ride’s starting point, then cycle along the banks of the Perfume River, where you may see dragon boats, sampans, and traditional houseboats with their rooftop shrines. You pedal on quiet country roads through villages to Thien Mu Pagoda.

Enjoy an included lunch while cruising along the Perfume River (30-45 minutes), then continue cycling southeast of the city, through rice fields and past duck and fish farms. In the village of Cau Ngoi Thanh Toan, look for a small covered bridge. Built over two centuries ago, it has weathered many storms, floods, and wars, and it has been the soul of the Thanh Toan villagers for generations. While in the village, stop at the market for a truly authentic local experience.

You’ll return by bike to the resort in plenty of time to enjoy a luxurious treatment, a swim in the spectacular pool, or a nap before dinner.

Tonight, you get another view of the city’s splendid past. Your dinner venue is a garden restaurant comprising five authentic 19th- and early-20th-century Hue houses.

Hotel: Pilgrimage Village Hue
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 22-62 km (14-39 miles)

Morning
Hue to Thien Mu Pagoda: 22 km (14 miles)
Hue to Thien Mu Pagoda and return to Hue: 40 km (25 miles)

What to Expect: This morning’s ride follows back roads in the countryside close to the Perfume River, viewing farming villages with vegetable gardens and rice paddies. As you head toward the center of Hue, traffic will become busier. The most impressive site you’ll pass is Thien Mu pagoda, where you will finish the ride and embark your Perfume River cruise.

This afternoon, you will cycle farther away from the city center, past fish and duck farms. Ride across the old Japanese bridge, dating back several centuries, before passing by a small war memorial. You’ll know you’re in the home stretch when you glimpse the Nhu Y River. This route is mainly on paved roads.

The coastline between Hue and Hoi An is one of the most spectacular stretches of landscape in the country. It is here that the mountain range running through central Vietnam reaches down toward the South China Sea, affording stunning views of pristine coast on one side and towering mountains on the other. The Lang Co peninsula and the nearby Hai Van (Ocean Cloud) Pass form a natural border between the city of Da Nang and Thua Thien Hue province. If the weather allows, excellent views can be taken in from the top of the pass all the way to Hoi An.

Starting from the outskirts of Hue, pedal through local communities where you see small children being driven to school on the backs of motorbikes and older children cycling along next to you.

Pause for lunch in the village of Lang Co. Then, transfer up the Hai Van Pass (Pass of the Ocean Clouds), stopping at the top to take photos of the breathtaking views of both sides of the 1,600-foot mountain ridge. Those who like a challenge may choose to climb the pass by bike. Those who prefer more leisurely riding may cycle along Tam Giang Lagoon for a close-up look at an oyster-fishing community and the water buffalo common to the area before shuttling to the top of Hai Van Pass instead.

Arrive in Hoi An by van and check into your hotel on Hoi An Beach. Dinner is at your resort this evening.

Hotel: Boutique Hoi An Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 33-80 km (20-49 miles)

Morning
Hue to Hoi An: 33 km (20 miles)

Afternoon
Hai Van Pass: 47 km (29 miles)
OR
Lagoon Loop Ride: 47.2 km (29 miles)

What to Expect: The base ride starts from the outskirts of Hue and pedals through local communities. The route will have some undulating hills and will cross a series of bridges covering small rivers flowing down from the mountains before finishing near Tam Giang lagoon.

Those who like a challenge may climb the Hai Van pass (Pass of the Ocean Clouds) by bike on this afternoon’s option.

For those who prefer a more leisurely ride, try the L?p An lagoon ride, where you’ll see picturesque scenery with white clouds floating on high mountain ranges and oyster farms lining the route. Enjoy lots of opportunities to stop for a spectacular photo along the way.

This morning’s cycling route crosses the Thu Bon River, passing many fishing boats and small houses. As you bike, stop to observe family temples and Areca-nut gardens. You continue cycling through a water-coconut palm forest and past fish farms, mat weavers, and any number of examples of local livelihood. You’ll stop at a shady and scenic point along the way to enjoy a picnic lunch.

There is a second ride option in the countryside after lunch, or you may shuttle back to the seaside resort for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Later, take part in a walking tour of Hoi An’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. What makes Hoi An remarkable today is that its Old Town has been beautifully preserved, the streets still lined with old tile-roofed shop houses, shady pagodas, and colorful communal halls. Discover the local market, Tan Ky House, Japanese Bridge, and a Chinese temple.

Tonight, you are free to enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many open-air restaurants on Bach Dang, the waterfront road in Hoi An.

Hotel: Boutique Hoi An Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 31-78 km (18-46 miles)

Morning
Hoi An to the Coast: 31 km (18 miles)

Afternoon
Hoi An Countryside: 47 km (28 miles)

What to Expect: Hoi An is surrounded by attractive countryside where you can observe the traditional way of life of farmers and fishermen. This morning’s ride winds its way through small rural villages alongside the Thu Bon River before reaching the coast. You’ll return inland, through rice paddies and farming villages before returning to your resort.

In the afternoon, if you wish, you can continue to explore the picturesque Hoi An countryside, where you will be able to observe daily life, fishing villages and Cam Thanh Coconut Village.

Board your bike and head into Hoi An, where you’ll meet up with the chef at Hai Café for a brief introduction and a welcome drink. Then, meander through Hoi An’s central market with your chef to enjoy the sights, sounds, and aromas. This is your chance to learn how to select fresh produce and ingredients essential for Vietnamese cuisine. Embark on a 20-minute boat trip to the school. Get your camera ready, as the cruise offers glimpses of local river life. You visit the school’s herb garden before enjoying a join-in, hands-on cooking class. Then, sit down in the lovely restaurant overlooking the river to enjoy what you have created.

Hotel: Boutique Hoi An Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 10 km (6 miles)

Morning
Red Bridge Cooking School: 10 km (6 miles)

What to Expect: From your beachside resort, enjoy a leisurely morning spin past farm fields and over waterways. The final stretch is along the Thu Bon River and leads you to Hoi An’s Old Town, where your cooking class experience begins.

Enjoy breakfast and a leisurely start to the day at your resort. In the late morning, transfer to Da Nang and the airport for your flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Upon arrival, transfer to the centrally located Hotel Majestic, a comfortable home base for exploring Vietnam’s liveliest city. The rest of the day and evening are yours to explore at your leisure.

Hotel: Hotel Majestic
Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choice:
Non-Biking Day: Fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and explore this lively city.

This morning, shuttle (about one hour) to the town of Tan An in the Mekong Delta area. Then, start cycling through the lush land, rich with orange, papaya, grapefruit, and mango trees. As you ride, note motorists resourcefully transporting pigs and coconuts on their mopeds. Your ride today ends when you stop for lunch in My Tho City.

In the afternoon, transfer back to Saigon (about two hours). Try another of the city’s wonderful restaurants on your own tonight.

Hotel: Hotel Majestic
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 38 km (23 miles)

Morning
Mekong Delta: 38 km (23 miles)

What to Expect: This scenic ride will take you through local villages, rice farms, and fruit orchards on a mixture of small dirt roads and busier paved roads as you draw closer to Highway 1. You will also be greeted by many friendly and curious locals en route, often traveling on bikes themselves and shouting “Xin chao,” or “Hello,” as they pass by.

After breakfast, shuttle (about one hour) north of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi, the site of the infamous military tunnels. You arrive by bicycle and talk with a local Vietcong before visiting the passageways themselves. The Cu Chi tunnels are a 75-mile-long underground maze where the Vietcong quite literally dug themselves out of harm’s way. You will also explore a rice-paper workshop before getting down and dirty in the tunnels.

After your visit, you continue to cycle to Ben Duoc for an included lunch, after which the van waits to shuttle you back to the hotel.

This evening, visit the former home of a U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam and meet the current owners during a special farewell dinner.

Hotel: Hotel Majestic
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 32 km (19 miles)

Morning
Cu Chi to Ben Duoc: 32 km (19 miles)

What to Expect: The Cu Chi landscape is famous for its clay-like soil, rubber plantations, and rice paddies. Your ride will take you away from the main roads and into the quieter agricultural regions.

Enjoy a last breakfast overlooking the river this morning. Today is a free, unstructured day with time for last-minute shopping, a spa visit, or more exploring (depending on the timing of your flights home). Your Trip Leaders are available to assist you with plans, and a hospitality room has been organized for those with later flights to have a place to wash and change.

Your trip ends after breakfast at our Ho Chi Minh City hotel. You are responsible for your own transfer to the Ho Chi Minh City airport for your flight home. You can book a taxi (approximately $6-$9 USD, depending on traffic) directly from the hotel. Please confirm the fare with your driver in advance to ensure the most direct route to the airport (about 30 minutes, 7.5 miles).

Meals: Breakfast

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  • 3 nights at The Sukhothai
  • Daily breakfast
  • Flights to Bangkok, and between Bangkok and Hanoi
  • VBT City Information
  • All transfers

Depart from home and travel to Thailand. The particulars of your arrival are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Upon arrival at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport, and after you have cleared immigration and have picked up your luggage, proceed to the Arrival Hall on the second floor and look for the meeting point. The VBT representative will wait for you at Gate B (Door No.6) with a signboard that includes your name. If you cannot find the VBT representative when you exit, please go to the ATTA desk and ask them to call the emergency number (+66) 81 449 7283.

The VBT representative will assist you with your transfer to your hotel. VBT provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Bangkok during your stay.

Hotel: The Sukhothai

Enjoy the wide variety of foods at your hotel’s breakfast before venturing out to explore. Your hotel is conveniently located, with easy access to the city’s highlights.

Hotel: The Sukhothai
Meals: Breakfast

You have another day to enjoy this remarkable city. Or venture out of town, perhaps by boat, to discover the country’s ancient capital, Ayutthaya.

Hotel: The Sukhothai
Meals: Breakfast

After another morning at leisure in Bangkok, a pre-arranged transfer will collect you from your hotel and deliver you to the airport for your flight to Hanoi.

Upon arrival in Hanoi, claim your luggage and clear customs. Your VBT representative will be holding a VBT sign and will help you transfer to your Hanoi hotel. If you have any problem locating the representative, please go to the Information Counter in the Arrivals Hall and call our representative’s hotline number, 0-913-237-040.

Please note: Unless you have been significantly delayed, your transfer has been pre-arranged by VBT and does not require direct payment. Please confirm with the driver that this transfer has been pre-paid. If the driver requests funds from you, this is not your scheduled transfer, and you should not take it. If you have been delayed by 12 hours or more, your transfer should still be pre-arranged, but you may be asked to pay. In this instance, please keep your receipt.

Once you arrive at the hotel, the rest of the day or evening is yours to relax or explore. Your hotel room may not be available until 2:00 p.m. If you are early, you may store your luggage at the reception desk. VBT provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Hanoi during your stay.

VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day.

Hotel: Melia Hanoi Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

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Post-Trip Extension - Angkor Wat, Cambodia

3 Nights From $995 per person, double occupancy

  • 3 nights at the Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Resort in Siem Reap
  • Flights to and from Cambodia
  • Daily breakfast
  • Entrance and guided visits to Phnom Bakheng, Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Ban Teay Srei
  • VBT City Information
  • All transfers

This morning, join a guide and explore the mysterious royal city of Angkor Thom, whose 50-tower temple is an awe-inspiring sight. At first blush, it seems a mere stone mass, but a closer look reveals numerous faces, one after another, carved into the stone. During the visit, be sure to view the Baphou, Elephant Terraces, Leper King Terrace, and Royal Place areas. In the afternoon, visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat, one of the world’s most impressive ruins. Hundreds of fine carvings of Aspara and scenes from Hindu mythology are incredibly preserved in the temple.

Hotel: Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Resort
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, set off for the outskirts of town to visit Ban Teay Srei, the birthplace of classic Khmer architecture. Continue your exploration with a visit to the picturesque Ta Prohm, which had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown, an oddly haunting and exotic scene. The magnificent roots of a tree, pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace, emphasize the legend of a “hidden city.” In the afternoon, you return to the hotel for a nap or a swim before heading out to Phnom Bakheng, the first major temple to be constructed in the Angkor region. The Bakheng’s hilltop location makes it the area’s most popular spot for viewing the sunset. You will not be alone, but you will be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of Angkor Wat and West Baray.

Hotel: Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Resort
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy a final morning of free time to explore Siem Reap. You may store your luggage with the hotel when you check out of your room and use the hotel facilities until it is time to depart for your flight home. Meet in the hotel lobby three hours prior to your flight departure (subject to change, depending on your required check-in time at the airport). Then, transfer to the Siem Reap airport (about 15 minutes) for your flight home. You arrive one day later in the U.S.

Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Meals: Breakfast

Reviews

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Please note: Special savings cannot be combined with any other offer. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Ask our Tour Consultants for details. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors. Prices are based on preferences selected above, including meals and sightseeing as specified in What’s Included. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only.

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